Today marks the 11th International Day of Radiology (IDoR), which sees imaging teams across the world come together to recognise the important contributions of radiology in the active care of patients and to improve public understanding of the vital role radiologists play in the patient journey.
We’d like to say a huge thank you to imaging teams, in the UK and around the world, for the essential work they do. The vast majority of clinical pathways involve imaging and radiologists are key to interpreting these, highlighting the central role they play in healthcare.
At the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), we continue to advocate on behalf of our clinical radiology members to ensure the UK’s imaging teams have the resources and workforce they need to provide the best outcomes for patients.
Our latest clinical radiology census found that workforce shortfalls are directly impacting on patients. The consultant radiologist workforce shortfall currently stands at 29% (1,669 full-time equivalents). Without action to address the shortfall, it will rise to 39% (3,166 FTEs) by 2026. For every radiologist we're short, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of patients waiting longer for diagnosis and lifesaving care. This is why we’re calling on the government to provide a fully costed and funded workforce plan.
Our President Dr Katharine Halliday has shared a few reflections this IDoR:
“International Day of Radiology is the chance to celebrate the profession and the ground-breaking work radiologists do every day around the world. It offers the chance to highlight how radiology is essential to patient care in a modern healthcare system.”
Read her full blog.
Today also marks World Radiography Day and we’d like to take the opportunity to thank radiographers, who’s work with clinical oncologists plays a crucial role in helping to diagnose and treat cancer patients.